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malagan
E000546. Malagan mask. Front view. Northern New Ireland, New Ireland Province, PNG. Purchased Capt Farrell 1887. 
Australian Museum 
photographer: AM, Photography Dept - Gregory Millen
 
Summary:
E000546 - 0/5/1887, malagan, , Northern region, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, Pacific
Item Name:
malagan
Label:
Malagan mask made from alstonia scholaris wood and ornamented with shell, lime, ochre, barkcloth, cane, fibre, resin, rattan and pigment. The mask represents a human head. The skull has been coated in lime and imbedded with cane to achieve the appearance of hair. On Tabar Island this style of malagan mask is called wanis, and on northern New Ireland named tatanua. They are worn by dancers to perform at a malagan commemorative ceremony. Purchased from Captain Farrell in 1887. Northern New Ireland, New Ireland Province.
Keywords:
religion
dance
ceremony
funerary
Region:
Northern region
Province/State:
New Ireland Province
Country:
Papua New Guinea
Collection Area:
Pacific
Museum Department:
Anthropology
Registration Date:
/05/1887
Registration Number:
E000546
Associated Stories:
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - construction
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - symbolism
New Ireland, Malagan scultpture and ceremony - general